African Leopard - Trail Cam Diaries
This photograph is from a Trail Camera, with lower quality details etc.
During a routine patrol, we found this unlucky Warthog hung up in a tree. Knowing from the tracks that a Leopard Tom was doing his rounds, we staged a Trail Camera ... and this is the result. A horrible scene, but very natural indeed.
To determine Leopard densities is extremely difficult. One very effective way is to deliberately stage kills in trees where one knows a territorial Tom roams. It might seem drastic and extreme, but that is one of the more trustworthy methods, if not the only. In this case, it was natural, and obviously best as we knew, without doubt, that the Leopard would return to his kill. Every Leopard is identified from its unique spots and patterns ... every single one is different.
Although this is a little bit off the beaten track when it comes to Jungle Dragon, I belief there is room for Trail Camera shots. Hopefully Ferdy will agree and concur.
The African Leopard is a leopard subspecies occurring across most of sub-Saharan Africa. In 2008, the IUCN classified leopards as ''Near Threatened'', stating that they may soon qualify for the Vulnerable status due to habitat loss and fragmentation. They are becoming increasingly rare outside protected areas. The trend of the population is decreasing.